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Coronavirus US: NY governor says number of hospitalizations down

  • Coronavirus US: NY governor says number of hospitalizations down
    Trump advisers cite need to stop ‘permanent’ economic toll. Coronavirus US: NY governor says number of hospitalizations down

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Trump advisers cite need to stop ‘permanent’ economic toll.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo says the number of total of hospitalizations and intubations statewide are down from the previous 24-hour period in his daily briefing from Albany, calling it “good news”. He says that the new Covid-19 hospitalizations are also down with 521 in the last 24-hour period, the same number as 20 March before they sharply escalated.

There were 207 deaths from the virus statewide in the last day - including 43 in nursing homes - which is down from 226 on Saturday.

The governor, who has come under criticism for the disproportionate death toll at assisted-living facilities (particularly upstate, where in some counties they account for nearly all coronavirus-related deaths), stresses that it is a national problem and notes that New York's percentage of deaths in nursing homes ranks 34th out of 50 states. To address the issue, he says all nursing home staff in New York must now be tested for the virus twice a week.

Cuomo then says the state’s department of health is investigating up to 85 cases of what may be a Covid-related illness in children - mostly toddler to elementary school age - with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease. The illness has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers and an additional two deaths are currently under investigation. Cuomo adds the department is issuing a notice to all other 49 state health departments to notify them of the situation.

Trump advisers cite need to stop ‘permanent’ economic toll: 
Some of President Donald Trump’s top economic advisers emphasized on Sunday the importance of states getting more businesses and offices open even as the pandemic makes its way to the White House complex, forcing three members of the administration’s coronavirus task force into self-quarantine.

The president and governors who will decide when to reopen their states are facing competing pressures. More economic activity and travel will likely lead to more people contracting COVID-19. But tight restrictions on which businesses can operate are causing millions of people to join the ranks of the unemployed. Decisions about how fast to reopen come with a general election less than six months away, and Trump and other incumbents facing the prospects of seeking another term in the midst of a public health and economic crisis.

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